Personal change can be a journey of discovery. What it takes to sustain it for the long haul is another story. Without first deciding to make change, nothing will happen. Following that is implementing the change necessary. If you really want to change, you must first know what you want and where you are going. Any commitment for a long journey requires focus, determination, and perseverance through life’s ups and downs.
When people make a commitment to their health, it is usually to lose weight with one diet plan or another. Feelings of overwhelm can take over when you realize you are not hitting your goal like you wanted, especially if it was made at the start of the new year (and it is now summertime). When you decide to get healthy, you need to put some goals in place to help you know when you have hit your target. Like children who need sustainable, actionable goals, they need to know with consistency what is expected and the goals so they know if they’ve achieved them or not. Here are a few health goals to consider:
- Exercise will not happen if you don’t have a plan. Get a plan that you will have shoes by the bed in the morning or in the car for after work. Have everything you need ready to go so you can be successful in meeting your goal with ease
- Let go of fad diet plans and exercise routines that don’t suit you. Recovery is hard enough, don’t try to force yourself to eat plants and cut all sugars. Find a few places to cut back and hire a nutritionist if you can to support healthier goals that will stick long term
- Find people who motivate you to keep you accountable. You will want to check in with them or use them as accountability partners in the journey so you can keep moving forward with health goals and feel like others support you
Many people want to try mindfulness and keep it as part of their daily routine. So many are inconsistent with the practice and then just toss it out because it does not work for them. The key is to find consistent times and places to practice for it to be most effective. Some key tips to thinking about ways mindfulness can be incorporated into everyday life:
- Decide what will work for you. If you can do it every morning, do it that way. If it works best at night, do it at night before bed or after dinner.
- Find a spot that works and use it consistently. The key is to find the right place and time that will work to make it easy for you to say ‘yes’
- Give up other things taking time away from mindfulness activities, including too much television, social media or ‘busy’ activities. If the goal is to meditate, pray, do yoga, or practice stillness, set a realistic goal and work towards meeting it
Pay attention to how you feel once you implement these changes into your life. These are just a few examples of areas you may want to work towards incorporating in your daily life. Making change can take place in any area of your life but requires the same thing: focus, determination, and a bit of moxie to make it work. Professional support can be of help if you have trouble meeting goals or need to discuss difficulty getting things done. There may be underlying health and mental health components at work that make daily striving for goals a struggle. Focus attention on what will help you be successful and start taking strides forward.
Oceanfront helps you find success in recovery with programs and services designed to support your addiction rehab goals. We are here to help you through detox and treatment in a way that supports your goals after you leave rehab. Whatever you want to accomplish, our professionals will help you get there. Call us to find out how we can help you navigate addiction recovery: 888-981-4295